- What is IoT?
- Why is everyone talking about it?
- How does this impact to you?
- Risk of IoT
- The future of IoT
1. What is IoT?
IoT (Internet of Things) is the big thing. Yeah, simply said it is a concept of connecting every device with an ON and OFF switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). That’s literally include everything – cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and everything else you can imagine.
2. Why is everyone talking about?
Because IoT is a game changer. In last 8 years or so technology has reached a point in which social, mobile, analytic, and cloud (or SMAC) have advanced to the point of making ubiquitous computing possible.
* ubiquitous computing – a concept in software engineering and computer science where computing is made to appear anytime and everywhere. In contrast to desktop computing, ubiquitous computing can occur using any device, in any location, and in any format.
The reason why everyone is talking about IoT is amazing ability to receive real-time awareness of our physical world and interact with that data through touch-based, wearable and augmented reality. Internet of Things it is, and it will exert wide-ranging and disruptive impacts on all levels of business and society.
3. How does this impact to you?
The IoT can be applied to things like transportation networks: “smart cities” which can help us reduce waste and improve efficiency for things such as energy use; this is helping us understand and improve how we work and live. It’s not hard to see how and why the IoT is such a hot topic today; it certainly opens the door to a lot of opportunities but also to many challenges. Which leads us to another topic – risk.
4. Risk of IoT
Security will be a big issue that is often brought up. With billions of devices being connected together, what can people do to make sure that their information stays secure? Will someone be able to hack into your toaster and thereby get access to your entire network? The IoT also opens up companies all over the world to more security threats. Then we have the issue of privacy and data sharing. This is a hot-button topic even today, so one can only imagine how the conversation and concerns will escalate when we are talking about many billions of devices being connected.
5. The Future of IoT
The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices… That’s a lot of connections.
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